October is anti-bullying month, and NBC 10 calls upon an expert, child psychologist Dr. Kate Roberts - to talk about the dangers and warning signs of this ever-prevalent trend.
"Traditional bullying is as prevalent as ever," and it takes place everywhere says Dr. Roberts; not just in schools and on buses, but now at home. The concept of sibling bullying has behavioral experts on high alert.
According to Dr. Roberts, "siblings of bullies have the same symptoms as victims of people that have been bullied outside the home and these include depression, anxiety, and fear."
The effects of sibling bullying, like traditional bullying, are long-term and very serious. Consider this the sibling of a bully may even be more negatively affected because the family-dynamic is breached, and if you can't count on family to treat you right, who can you count on?
Which is exactly the problem that Dr. Roberts points out "that's your safe haven is your home. You gotta go to that place. It doesn't end at the end of the school day."
The fight to combat bullying is constant and continues to rage on, and Dr. Roberts points to the importance of educating bully bystanders, which are kids that see bullying and don't do anything about it.
To see the entire interview with Dr. Roberts go to http://www.turnto10.com/video
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